Thanks to grants from the AARP Community Challenge program and the Granite State Wheelmen, Friends of the Northern Rail Trail (FNRT) and Lebanon Recreation, Arts, and Parks have collaborated to bring Cycling Without Age to Lebanon’s MRG and NRT Trails. This international program connects volunteer cyclists with seniors and others with mobility restrictions to enjoy a ride on the Trails. We’re building our team of “pilots” now!
If you would like to learn more about becoming a trishaw pilot and upcoming trainings, contact Sean.email@example.com
To support this program in other ways, contact Amyjwchan@gmail.com.
For a 3 min video introduction to the program, check out
Are bicylists aware that there are specific laws in NH in regard to bicycling? Yesterday, I saw a bicyclist speed through the STOP sign on Taylor Street near the intersection of the MRG and the Northern Rail Trail . Did he not know he was required to stop at the STOP sign? He may have been young and unaware that, just as with drivers of cars, bicylists must stop at STOP signs and red lights. If I had been going any faster, there might have been a serious accident. The incident prompted me to look for NH laws regarding bicycling.
NH is known for the fact that it does not require motorcyclists to wear helmets . . . but there is a law requiring bicyclists younger than 16 to wear helmets when on a public way.
Riding against traffic is prohibitted.
When bicycling after dark you must use a white front headlight and a red rear light or rear reflector visible from 300 feet.
All bicyclists must wear at least one item of reflective apparel from 1/2 hour after sunset to one 1/2 hour before sunrise.
Every driver of a vehicle, when approaching a bicyclist, shall insure the safety and protection of the bicyclist and shall exercise due care by leaving a reasonable and prudent distance between the vehicle and the bicycle. The distance shall be presumed to be reasonable and prudent if it is at least 3 feet when the vehicle is traveling at 30 mph or less, with one additional foot of clearance required for every 10 mph above 30 mph. (RSA 265:143-a)
“Crossing over the Rainbow Bridge” takes on new meaning, thanks to Girl Scout Troop 10659 and other volunteers. Wow! We are thrilled to see their hard work and planning come together this past weekend. The bridge looks so festive! Special thanks to Sherwin Williams for donating the paint and materials to get the job done. There are plans to decorate the nearby planters with murals and their individual handprints. Thanks to all involved for brightening the way!
The City of Lebanon has completed paving from Spencer Street to Bank St Extension including a safety-forward pedestrian crossing beacon. This crosswalk connects the MRG /tunnel and new multiuse path to the Northern Rail Trail all the way to Boscawen, NH.
Thanks to the Friends of the Northern Rail Trail for this image!
Until this week, we have seen very few pollinators along the MRG Pollinator Corridor. It was a relief to finally spot many bees and a few monarchs and hummingbirds these last few days The red bee balm is a powerful draw! And the butterfly milkweed is finally attracting monarchs.
Lots of bikers, runners, dog walkers, and strollers out on the MRG today. This family found welcomed shade in the Pocket Park by the tunnel . . . and honestly, the baby had a big smile one second before!
Care should be given to snapping turtles, observing from a distance so as to not stress the animal. It may be obvious that they move slow, but that neck articulates a long way, so it’s best to not try to handle a snapper, because, you know, they can snap at ya.